By Nick Kuhl on June 21, 2019.
Dylan Cozens will make a little history tonight. It’s just a matter of when.
The forward for the Lethbridge Hurricanes is touted to go high in the first round tonight at the NHL entry draft in Vancouver.
But no matter where he goes in the first round, the six-foot-three, 185-pound centre who turned 18 Feb. 9 will become the all-time highest-drafted player from the Yukon when the teams start making their picks.
Cozens was selected in the first round and 16th overall by the Hurricanes in the 2016 Western Hockey League draft.
Hurricanes fans earliest memory of Cozens would likely be in the second round of the 2017 playoffs when Cozens, who had just turned 16 and was called up to the Canes for the post season, scored the game-tying goal in Game 7 against the Medicine Hat Tigers in Medicine Hat to force overtime.
In his rookie season with the Canes in 2017-18, Cozens netted 22 goals and 53 points in 57 games. Those numbers earned Cozens the Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy as the WHL Rookie of the Year.
Last season, he nearly doubled that points total, scoring 34 goals and 84 points in 68 games.
In 128 games in Lethbridge, he has 57 goals and 138 points. In 35 playoff games, Cozens has 14 goals and 29 points.